Puerto Rico reported that it has found the first case of Zika virus. Zika virus is an illness which gets transmitted by mosquitoes. The illness has caused a number of birth defects in Brazil.
Puerto Rico’s Health Secretary Ana Rius said in a statement on Thursday that the unidentified patients had not travelled recently and lives in the island’s eastern region.
Puerto Rico has reported first case of Zika virus, an illness transmitted by mosquitoes. The illness has recently been linked to many birth defects in Brazil. On Thursday, Puerto Rico's Health Secretary Ana Rius said that the unidentified patient had not traveled lately, and are natives of the eastern region of the island.
Officials said that Zika’s symptoms are similar to that of 2 other mosquito-borne illnesses, dengue fever and chikungunya. They can also include headache, a slight fever and joint pain in the hands and feet.
A mosquitoes-causing little-known virus is going to cause one of the most alarming health crises in Brazil in coming years. Officials have reported thousands of brain damage cases, wherein babies are born with strangely tiny heads.
The news has made all Brazil women panic. The government has been facing withering criticism for not taking timely action. It has urged women to take every precaution to avoid mosquito bites. In fact, an official has suggested that women living in regions where mosquitoes are mainly prevalent should delay their child planning.
Women in Brazil have been recommended by the health authorities to currently avoid pregnancy. The recommendation has been given subsequent to detection of damaged brain in several newborns due to a virus called Zika. The virus is found in African forest monkeys in new West Nile and has resulted in alarming danger. The pathogen has same effect as the West Nile virus and was found more than 70 years ago.
Though, it seems really weird message when heard from health officials in Brazil: Don’t Get Pregnant, but, the message seems beneficial for the would-be parents living in Northeast region in Brazil. The area has been linked with an outbreak of mosquito-borne virus called Zika that is increasingly causing microcephaly, a neurological disorder that can result in incomplete brain, in newborn babies. Angela Rocha, the pediatric infectologist at Oswaldo Cruz Hospital in Brazil's hardest-hit state, said that being pregnant is a personal decision.